When General Electric (GE) first agreed to buy Alstom's
thermal, renewables and grid businesses back in April 2014 for
$13.5 billion, it surely knew the deal would be no easy
But after 17 messy months of petty disputes peppered with
hints of xenophobia, countless antitrust investigations and
several concessions, the mammoth transaction is – just
about – nearing closure. It also had to withstand the
creation of an entirely new regulation last summer; an...